Again and again throughout your life you will pass through a dark and narrow passage. Only it doesn’t begin like that. It begins with the bright, encouraging light of promise. Promises of growth. Promises of reward for your effort. Promises of the thing you’re looking for, the thing you want.
This is the passage of progress and improvement. It starts wide, full of vision and opportunity. Eventually it narrows as reality and adversity cast their shadows.
What I’d like you to concentrate on is the fundamental importance of continuing to do the work even when it doesn’t feel like you’re making progress. What I want to bring to your attention is how often you’ll feel completely stuck there. But you’re not stuck. It’s just the dark, narrow section of the passage and it’s totally normal. Expect it.
If you’re going to break through, you can’t stop putting in effort, putting in work, doing everything in your power to make meaningful progress. Because if you stop, if you give up, if you give in when it gets dark and narrow, your progress is dead.
The only way to make progress, even when you don’t feel like it’s happening, is to keep doing work through the dark days. Through tears. Through doubts. Through anger.
Through that voice in your head that tries to convince you it’s not going to be OK. That you’re not getting any better. That this won’t make a difference. That it’s never going to happen for you.
It is going to happen because you are going to keep doing the work. You’re just in the dark part of the passage. You are going to persevere through to the other side. And you’ll do it again.
Everything is training for something. Do the work.
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Brian Kight is a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior. He provides simple systems that produce exceptional results for organizations, teams, and people.